Library Faculty Scholarship

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2016

Publication Title

Journal of Information Literacy

Publisher

Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals

Keywords

information literacy, Germany, higher education, Informationskompetenz, information literacy pedagogy, metaliteracy

Abstract

The purpose of this article is to draw attention to the original and diverse approaches to the concept of information literacy in the German academic world. Unlike the American notion of information literacy, whose pedagogy, methodology and conceptualization follow guidelines set forth by powerful professional organisations such as ACRL (Association of College and Research Libraries) and ALA (American Library Association), the German notion of information literacy is still negotiated on an interdisciplinary market of ideas ranging from communication science to didactics and from cultural anthropology to epistemology. An awareness of this international perspective on information literacy is timely, given the recent debates about the legitimacy of the radically new approach to information literacy put forth in the ACRL Framework.

First Page

78

Last Page

93

Volume

10

Issue

2

Original Citation

Piloiu, R.G. 2016. Rethinking the concept of “information literacy”: a German perspective. Journal of Information Literacy, 10(2), pp. 78-93.

DOI

http://dx.doi.org/10.11645/10.2.2126

Version

Post-Print

Peer Reviewed

1

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